The Florida Gators recently lost two cornerbacks to decommitments, but last Friday the Gators extended an offer to anther cornerback in the class.
That prospect was JUCO cornerback Justin Martin (6-2, 191, Miami, OK Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) who is originally from Tennessee but he spoke to defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson about the Florida offer.
“Coach T-Rob offered me over the phone on Friday,” Martin said. “He said that I have everything that Florida is looking for in a corner and that he wants me apart of what they are building at Florida.”
Usually, Will Muschamp is the coach that hands out offers for Florida, but he was busy with Friday Night Lights on Friday. Muschamp did make time to speak to Martin and expressed his want for the corner.
“I called Coach Muschamp this week to just talk with him about Florida,” Martin said. “He repeated what coach T-Rob said and said that I would be successful at Florida and that he hopes I join the Gators.”
Martin was scheduled to visit Florida on Friday for the camp but — due to NCAA rules — wasn’t able to visit. He does, however, plan to return to Gainesville this winter for a visit.
“I’m going to take an official to Florida in December,” Martin said. “I’m going to make my decision in late December so I want to take officials to Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and LSU before I decide.”
The JUCO cornerback has seen his recruitment blow up recently so he’s still open to everyone but he says that three schools are standing out to him.
“Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee are my unofficial top three,” Martin said. “Everyone is really recruiting me the same right now. LSU just offered me on Saturday so they are in the mix too.”
Most JUCO players enroll in school in January but Martin isn’t able to. Unlike most JUCO transfers, Martin will have three years of eligibility when he transfers into a school.
“I’m not able to enroll in school until May,” Martin said. “But I have four years to play three so I still have my redshirt year left.”
INSIDER TAKE: Martin didn’t have LSU in his top three but he had a different tone to his voice when he spoke about the Tigers. I think Florida is definitely in the mix here but also think it will be tough for Florida to land him due to the depth already on the team at the cornerback position.
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